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Summary: Post-OMWF. A spell to bring out of her gloomy mood backfires causing a small problem for the scooby's.
"No Buffy, now will you please go back to sleep?" Willow said as Buffy's constant crying was beginning to get on her nerves.
"But why not?" Buffy cried and stuttered.
"Because it's late. Now stop crying before you make yourself sick."
Buffy had been crying for 35 minutes...non stop. Willow was ready to pull her hair out and Dawn was getting just as bad with her whining.
"Geez, Will...just go so she'll shut up already," Dawn said, almost in tears herself. "I can't take this much longer."
Willow looked back at Buffy. Her eyes were puffy and red. Big tears were running down her face. She was crying so hard she was gasping for air.
"FINE!" Willow yelled as she stood up and threw her hands in the air and stomped out of the room.
Willow slammed the door open to Spike's crypt, startling him as she did.
"Bloody Hell Red! Give a guy some warning next time," Spike said as he jumped from his chair when she stormed in. "What in the world is wrong with you?"
Willow let out a choked laugh/sob as she looked at him. "You have NO idea what I've been through Spike. You're lucky slamming the door is all I did," she said, as she reached for his boots.
"Put these on," she told him as she shoved his boots at him. Willow grabbed his duster and waited. He just stood there looking at her. "MOVE!" she yelled as she saw him just standing there looking at her.
"Fine.calm down," Spike said when she yelled at him. He sat down and quickly put his boots on. "What's this about?" He asked her as he stood up and took his duster from here.
"This is about Buffy and you promising her to keep the monsters away," she said over her shoulder as she exited the crypt.
"Huh.," Spike said as he followed her out and shut the door.
"She had another nightmare...monsters chasing her. She's been crying for half an hour," she snapped at him. "Do you know how irritating it is to listen to that high pitched noise for that long?"
"And this has what exactly to do with me?" Spike asked, as he followed her out of the cemetery.
"You were the one who `promised' to keep the monsters away and she won't go back to sleep until YOU come and chase them away.so come on!"
Spike followed Willow quietly back to Buffy's wondering exactly `what' he was suppose to do. Willow was stressing.BAD, he noticed and wasn't about to question it.
As they approached the house Spike could hear Buffy crying...well, sounded more like screaming to him, but he hadn't spent any time around kids, so he figured that's how they all sounded.
Spike walked up the stairs and had the urge to cover his ears. No wonder Red looks so frazzled, he thought as he poked his head into Buffy's room.
Buffy was sitting on her bed, legs stretched out in front of her with her head almost laying in her lap. She had her hands covering her face and she was shaking from all the crying.
"Hey now...what's all this?" Spike asked as he entered the room.
Buffy's head shot up when she heard him...and her crying only got louder as he approached the bed.
"Buffy, stop crying pet and tell me what's wrong," Spike said as he sat down on the bed.
"Theresamonsterschasingmeandtryingeatme," she yelled through her tears at Spike.
Spike smiled at her and rubbed his hand over her head. "You're gonna have to stop crying Buffy. I can't understand you," he said calmly to her.
Buffy cried for a few more minutes and slowly stopped, only leaving in a few whimpering cries.
"Now that's better...tell me what happened."
"There's a monster chasing me and gonna eat me," she said as her loud crying started up again.
Spike smiled at her and sighed. "Come here pet," Spike said as he held his arms out to her.
Buffy crawled over to him and sat on his lap as she buried her head in his chest. She cried harder as he rubbed her back.
"Shhh.now stop crying. There aren't any monsters here," he whispered softly to her.
Willow was standing at the door and watched the whole scene. Buffy wasn't crying as loud now, but still whimpering and hiccupping. She couldn't believe how gentle Spike was with her. She had seen how protective he was with Dawn...but this was something completely different.
Buffy's cries had died down to almost nothing as Spike picked her up and put her back in bed. He sat down on the side of the bed as she looked up at him.
"Don't leave me. He'll get me," Buffy said, whining.
"I'm not going anywhere. I'll stay all night if I have to. Now just close your eyes and go back to sleep," Spike told her as he pulled the blankets back over her.
Buffy shut her eyes but opened them ever so often to make sure he was still there. Spike sat on the bed with her until she fell back asleep and then moved to the chair by her desk. Willow smiled and said `goodnight' as Spike sat and watched Buffy sleep.
As he felt the sun approaching, he quietly made his way out and headed back home.
The next evening Spike was walking as fast as he could towards Buffy's. He had thought alot about what had happened with Buffy and her nightmares and wondered if the `monsters' were actual demons she had fought that she was seeing.
As much as he enjoyed `little Buffy' he knew she needed to be returned to normal. If anyone knew how to do that...that would be the watcher.
Spike knocked on the door and let himself in. It was unusually quiet he noticed as he walked in and headed for the living room.
"Hello?" He asked when finding no one there. He walked towards the kitchen where he found Dawn, Willow and Buffy sitting at the bar. Willow had her nose buried in a book as Dawn and Buffy were decorating cookies.
"Hey," Spike said as he walked in.
All three looked up as he spoke. "Hey Spike," Buffy said happily as she saw him.
"Hey there Buffy."
"Look what I done," she said, as she held up the cookie she was icing.
"That's nice," Spike said smiling as he walked towards her. "Never seen a purple gingerbread man before."
Buffy just shrugged her shoulders at him before she continued painting the little cookie man.
"Yeah, look at this one," Dawn said with a giggle.
Spike grinned big as he took in the sight of a messy little cookie man...covered in black icing.with white hair no less.
"Is that suppose to be me?" He asked Buffy as he stood beside her at the bar.
Buffy glanced up at him and then over at the cookie Dawn was holding and smiled big. "Uh huh," she said. "But you can't eat him."
"Why's that?" Spike asked her.
Buffy rolled her eyes at him and shook her head. "Cause...you silly. It'll hurt."
"Hurt who?" Spike asked, with a chuckle.
"The cookie man," Buffy said as she globbed more purple icing on her cookie.
"I don't think it'll hurt the cookie man if you eat it." Spike said, still grinning.
"Don't even try Spike.we already had this discussion," Dawn said with a grin. "She said no one can eat the `cookie men'."
Spike just laughed lightly as he watched them before he turned his attention to Willow. "Hey Red...come here, need to talk to you."
Willow looked up and watched Spike walk out of the room. She got up and followed him out into the Dining Room. "What's up?" She asked as she saw him sit down.
Spike sighed and looked at her before he spoke. "You need to call the watcher." He almost laughed at the face Willow made. If her face froze like that...he felt sorry for anyone who came into contact with her.
"Are you crazy!" Willow yelled. "Giles would kill us.literally!"
"Yeah, well what do you think Buffy's gonna do when you bring her back from munchkin land?"
"We don't even know if she'll remember any of this."
"Maybe not, but you're not getting anywhere with the books. Giles is your only option."
"Spike, you know Giles...he'll flip out," Willow said, looking scared.
"So...you have to do something. You can't just leave her like that."
"I know...we just need more time."
"Well, you better hurry or I'll tell him myself," Spike said, getting angry at the whole situation. "It's been 4 days. How long you plan on keeping her like that before you decide to put her needs before your own?" he asked as he stood up from his chair.
Buffy walked into the Dining Room and smiled as she walked over to Spike. "You wanna watch TV with me?" She asked him.
Spike looked down at her and smiled. "Sure thing pet...let's go," he said, as she grabbed his hand and led him into the Living Room.
Willow watched them leave and knew Spike was right. They had to tell Giles...eventually. Ugh...but not yet, she thought with a shutter, as she imagined what Giles' reaction would be.
Buffy was sitting on Spike's lap in the arm chair watching a cartoon as the front door came open.
"Buffy," Giles said as he came inside.
Buffy turned her head at the sound of her name. "Huh," she said as she looked at him.
Willow came running into the hall when she heard him. "GILES! What are you doing here?" She said, excitedly.
"Where is Buffy, Willow? I haven't heard from here in four days. Now I'm not sure what is wrong with her but I am her watcher and I have a right to know."
Willow looked worriedly from Giles to Buffy and back again, rocking from one foot to the next.
"Willow...where is Buffy?"
"Here I am," Buffy said, as she looked at Giles.
Giles turned his head and saw Spike holding a little girl. He smiled at her before looking back over at Willow.
"So, where is she?" He asked again, completely ignoring the fact that Spike had a little girl in his lap.
Willow gave him a pained smile and slowly pointed into the Living Room where Buffy was sitting. "There," she said softly, looking down at her feet.
Giles looked back over in the living room and poked his head inside. "Buffy?" He said as he slowly walked into the room.
"Where Willow? She's not in here."
"Who are you?" Buffy asked, as she turned in Spike's lap. Spike almost tried to cover for Willow, but knew the watcher could figure this out, so he kept quiet, besides the look on Giles' face was going to be priceless.
Giles looked at the little girl and smiled. "Hello.my name is Rupert.and you are?" He asked, as he walked closer to the chair. "Spike" Giles said, acknowledging he was there.
"That's a funny name," Buffy said with a small giggle.
"Yes, well I suppose it is different."
Giles straightened up and looked at Willow. "You is that?" He asked her quietly.
"My name's Buffy," she said, with a bright smile.
Giles slowly turned his head back around and looked at Buffy. He looked her straight in the eye before glancing up at Spike who was smirking at him shaking his head `yes'.
Looking back at Willow he could see the scared looked on her face before he turned back to Buffy. "Buffy?" He choked out hoarsely.
"Uh huh," Buffy said watching him.
"Dear Lord!" Giles said before his body slumped and his head hit the floor....out cold.
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